E. 131st Avenue PLAT Study


Recommendation 6: Standardize crosswalks, provide ADA accessible curb ramps and advanced stop bars at all crosswalk locations along E. 131 st Avenue. Along the project segment of E. 131 st Avenue there are at least four different styles of crosswalks. Wide, high visibility crosswalks, also known as Continental Crosswalks, allow motorists to better see the crossing and draw attention to pedestrians waiting to cross. These types of crosswalks should be used in all marked crossings in the E. 131 st Avenue area. In addition, not all intersections have handicap accessible curb ramps, meaning that the sidewalks are not accessible to all users. This is one factor that could contribute to the number of wheelchair uses using the shoulder of the roadway. Advanced stop bars should also be used in all marked crossings in the E. 131 st Avenue area, and should be at least eight feet from the crosswalk. These provisions would make crossings safer for pedestrians and improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

impacting the urban environment in the E. 131 st Avenue Corridor, a policy should be added to the Goals, Objectives and Policies section of the Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan to preserve existing public rights-of-way within the University area. While a portion of the Comprehensive Plan addresses the preservation of rights-of-way, this section is focused on preserving property for the development of future infrastructure and not preserving existing rights-of-way. Recommendation 5: Reduce parking requirements for developments that create public through access between public streets. Working in conjunction with Recommendation 4, this recommendation will also help enhance the street grid by creating new vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle connections where none currently exist. Part 6.05 of the Land Development Code can be modified to reduce the parking minimums for developments that create pedestrian and bicycle through access, with further reductions for developments that additionally create vehicular through access. These connections could be in the form of an easement, a dedication or deeding the connection to the County after construction is complete. The new through connection would have to connect on both ends to existing public roads, multi-use trails, or public connections crossing adjacent parcels.



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